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Conservation Committee

This small but dedicated group reviews matters relating to mountain access and wilderness conservation, and prepares letters and/or detailed submissions to Government stating our position.  In order to become familiar with complex issues, members generally read reports and attend meetings with government and/or other public outdoor recreation groups.

Some members of our committee attend the meetings of the Recreation and Conservation Committee (Rec & Con) of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC).  Guest speakers at these meetings may include representatives from BC Assets and Lands Corporation (BCAL), BC Parks, BC Forest Service, BC Environment Assessment Office, and so on.  We can receive helpful advice from these people for making our views known to Government, which assists our committee members in improving their lobbying.  The BCMC frequently has the largest number of members attending the Rec & Con meetings, so the interests of the BCMC are well represented at these meetings and in submissions made by the FMCBC to the various government agencies.

The FMCBC is recognized as the primary contact by the various government agencies for issues relating to non-commercial, non-motorized back-country recreation and the mountaineering community.  Therefore, requests for public input on land planning issues, new legislation, Crown land tenure applications, etc. are received by them.

The BCMC Conservation Committee either makes submissions under the "umbrella" of the FMCBC or as the BCMC itself, depending on the nature and source of the request for submissions, and our ability to poll members.

Outdoor Ethics

In order to preserve the alpine environment, the club suggests that backcountry users observe these basic wilderness ethics:

1. Pack out all garbage

2. Where pit toilets are not provided, select a screened spot at least 50 metres from any water and dig a hole 15 to 20 centimetres deep.  Cover the hole with soil and ground and cover.  Keep water sources free from contamination.

3. Alpine life, whether flora or fauna, is fragile and not in abundance.  Do not kill plants or animals unless in an emergency.

4. Stay on trails and do not cut corners on switchbacks to avoid erosion.

5. Light small campfires.  Use dead wood only and remove traces of the fire site.  Ensure that fires are properly extinguished.  Do not light fires in alpine areas or in areas designated as nature conservancy.

6. Camp in forests or moraines to avoid damage to meadows, lakes shores and stream banks.

Conservation & Parks Topics
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1 day ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
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Due to my heavy load as club Webmaster and our current lack of a print newsletter, I have been thin on writing about club conservation and advocacy issues (my dual role in the club as its co-FMCBC Director with Brian Wood).  Starting with this report, I intent to make a regular habit of it as time permits.   The BCMC's primary function to its membership is to en...
59 days ago 1 comments Category: Park Huts
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The following is from Jordan Sturdy, MLA for the Sea to Sky region. It resulted from the meetings held in Squamish and Pemberton earlier this year. Paul Kubik represented the BCMC at the Squamish meeting. As you can see, the meeting notes as Mr. Sturdy calls them read like a rehash of previous government news releases. There is an attached PDF containing notes th...
112 days ago 5 comments Category: Park Huts
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I led an operation to test the Cypress Resort's defense perimeter around the Howe Sound Crest backcountry access corridor (BAC). Our group of 7 and another group of 4 also known to us arrived at the designated overnight parking at the north end of lot 3B about 6:45 AM. We gained Cypress Bowl Road from Chippendale Road (reached from the 21ST Street entrance off Hi...
136 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
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After discussion with a senior person involved in the matter of the closure of the Backcountry Access Corridor (BAC) through the Cypress Mountain controlled recreation area (CRA) I am able to suggest an interim access alternative. For further information on the closure see https://bcmc.ca/blogs/entry/Cypress-Provincial-Park-backcountry-access-closure-10-PM-to-9-A...
140 days ago 1 comments Category: Park Huts
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In January 2016, Cypress Mountain ski area unilaterally implemented a policy preventing public access between 10 PM and 9 AM to the Backcountry Access Corridor leading to Howe Sound Crest, Black Mountain and Bowen Lookout Trails in Cypress Provincial Park. The BCMC board researched the issue in conjunction with the FMCBC Recreation and Conservation committee. Wha...
717 days ago 1 comments Category: Park Huts
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This project has been in the works for sometime and I think most were hoping that it would just go away but it has not. The resort will be located on Brohm Ridge just north of Squamish and will eventually have a daily capacity of 19,000 skiers and boarders with an "impressive" vertical rise of 1000 meters. Although a significant portion of visitors are expected ...
1201 days ago 1 comments Category: Park Huts
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BC government finally attempts to do something about snowmobilers ignoring snowmobiling ban in the 21 Mile Creek watershed (Rainbow Mtn.) area Article By Michael Feller After years of agitating by the FMCBC Recreation and Conservation Committee and bringing to the government’s attention of the massive ignoring of the rules by snowmobilers through the documentat...
1223 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
FMCBC (SW) Recreation and Conservation Committee December 2013   The committee has been working with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to keep sledders out of the non-motorized areas of 21 Mile Creek/Mount Sproatt/Rainbow Lake. Recently, the Ministry appointed Canadian Snowmobile Adventures to collect a $20 per snowmobile fee to use t...
1306 days ago 2 comments Category: Park Huts
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Comment by Michael Feller BC Parks began developing a revised master plan for the Spearhead Range some time ago, and solicited public input last year. However, release of the proposed plan has been held up for almost 6 months even though it was apparently written in March of this year. No reason has been given for the delay, but it is rumoured that the new plan ...
1466 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
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Comment by Michael Feller The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC (ORC), supported by the FMCBC, has devoted considerable time to trying to get the BC government to implement responsible management of snowmobiles and ATVs and other off road vehicles on crown land in the province. In keeping with the government’s lack of interest in outdoor recreation management in ...
1466 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
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The Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC is using a Mountain Equipment Co-op grant to fund a study of participation in outdoor recreation, in BC, outside of urban areas during the year 2012. This research aims to determine participation rates for non-motorized outdoor recreation activities and is being conducted by the Tourism and Recreation Research Group of the S...
1569 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
The BCMC's comments on the Garibaldi Park Management Plan Draft Amendments are outlined below. They are based on discussions by the FMCBC SW Conservation Committee, and on input from individual BC Mountaineering Club members.     You may wish to use these comments to guide your personal submission to BC Parks:   http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/...
1623 days ago 1 comments Category: Park Huts
BC Parks has prepared a draft amendment to the 1990 Garibaldi Park Management Plan, focussed on the Spearhead area of the park. In early 2012 BC Parks heard from the public, First Nations, and stakeholders on some key management questions related to the Spearhead area. BC Parks has taken all the feedback received into consideration in developing the draft manage...
1629 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts

The Spearhead Huts Committee has just launched a public survey and invites everyone in the outdoor community to participate. The purpose of the survey is to gather information on use of the Spearhead/Fitzsimmons area and public opinions and preferences for the proposed huts. The final survey deadline is May 30, 2012.

1676 days ago 0 comments Category: Park Huts
The Spearhead Huts Committee is pleased to announce that the proposal for the Spearhead Huts System in Garibaldi Provincial Park was formally submitted to BC Parks on May 31, 2012. The proposal has five components, which can be viewed and downloaded here.The proposal is a basis for discussion with BC Parks and will be modified according to their comments. The Spe...
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